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[[caption-width-right:250:''You have the right to remain inconspicuous."]]

->''"Black coat, white shoes, black hat, Cadillac, yeah\\
The boy's a time bomb!"''\\
--'''Music/{{Rancid}}''', "Time Bomb"

The good counterpart to the ConspicuousTrenchcoat: MaskPower meets BadassLongcoat!

A conventional costume (qualifying as a GrandfatherClause since it recurs from the 1930's to the present) consisting of a suit, a conservative overcoat, a NiceHat and gloves, and some form of face covering such as the classic DominoMask.

A character dressed this way conceals his identity in two ways. Up close, he is noticeable but not identifiable. From afar, he is not even noticeable, because he's basically dressed like everybody else. As might be expected, this mode of dress is most often seen among urban {{Non powered costumed Hero}}es; its resemblance to stereotypical HardboiledDetective garb is no coincidence.

On the other hand, some characters combine a tuxedo (or even white tie and tails) and a mask with no intention of blending in; they just prefer formal-wear for intimidation. Often, this type will wear a cape instead of the coat.

Sometimes a form of CivvieSpandex.

This is a common form of costume for the {{Superhero}} archetype known as TheCowl.

A SuperTrope to GasMaskLongcoat.

Compare SuperheroesWearTights; SpandexLatexOrLeather; BadassLongcoat.

Contrast MalevolentMaskedMen.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Tuxedo Mask from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is the ur-example of the flamboyant, caped type in Japan.
* While it's not always apparent, a close look at the Zero costume of ''CodeGeass'' reveals that, along with a mask and cape, the main outfit is essentially a flamboyant business suit of the type the Chairman from ''IronChef'' might wear and as it happens the same kind of flamboyant, vaguely 18th century styled nobleman's outfit that the Britannian nobility wear in the series.
* While no hat is involved, Hei's "costume" in ''DarkerThanBlack'' is a creepy-looking mask along with modified black ops style clothing. The pants he wears are typical of a tuxedo, whereas the coat conceals a military style harness which holds his daggers.
** Note that, in episode 2, he is almost identified due to him going out wearing just the overcoat over his civilian style jeans and shirt.
* [[PhantomThief Phantom Renegade]] of ''{{Medabots}}'' is a parody of the flamboyant cape-wearing GentlemanThief character type, sporting a ridiculous [[ExpressiveMask expressive smiley mask]], [[{{Dojikko}} having a tendency to trip, fall out of trees, and generally be an accident magnet]] (fumbling with a rare medal in the first episode puts the entire series' plot in motion), and frequently gloats to himself about how good he is. This fact is lamp-shaded in ''Medabots'' ''TheAbridgedSeries'', where he denies being "a ripoff of the main character from ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' or [[Franchise/SailorMoon Tuxedo Mask]]".
** And he sort of continued on in this fashion as Space Medafighter X, in the sense that he wore his Phantom Renegade costume under the newer one and even wore another mask on top of the original. "Who is Space Medafighter X? !!! It's the Phantom Renegade!"
* The mystery player on Japan's All-Star team in ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' dresses like this. Apparently he even plays football with his face bandaged up.
* [[BusouRenkin Captain Bravo]] pulls a version of this. His Arms Alchemy Silver Skin takes the form of a long coat and hat with the hat tilted forward and the collar sticking up to hide his face quite effectively. The entire this is a self-repairing suit of armor to boot.
* [[MagicKaito The Kaito Kid]] has a ''white'' tuxedo, top hat, and cape, and a monocle which [[PaperThinDisguise serves as a mask]]
* Turkey from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' uses a long coat, a [[MaskPower half-mask]] and a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fez_%28hat%29 fez]]'' hat.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The trope originator was Radio/TheShadow, first published in 1931.
* ComicBook/TheSpirit, in most of his over 60-year run, has worn a fairly ordinary business suit, trench-coat and fedora, a DominoMask and gloves. Creator Will Eisner added the mask only as a token submission to his publisher's belief that a comic book hero is always a costumed hero.
** Likewise ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger achieved the effect by always being shown with his hat ''shading'' his face, rather than actually being masked.
*** In Creator/VertigoComics' ''ComicBook/MadameXanadu'', the title character meets the Stranger at various points through history, each time wearing a historically appropriate variant of his standard suit, cape and shading hat. In [[KingArthur Arthurian]] times, he's a druid in a hooded robe; at the court of Kublai Khan, he wears robes and a keffiyeh; in [[ViveLaRevolution Revolutionary France]], he wears a 18th century long-coat and a tricorne; in VictorianLondon he wears evening dress, an opera cloak and a top hat; and in [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks 1930s]] New York, he wears the familiar blue suit, cape and fedora.
* This attire was adopted by ComicBook/MrA and TheQuestion in the late 1960s. Both characters were created by the legendary SteveDitko, and bear a few more similarities to each other besides their mode of dress.
** The Question's style of dressing was later adopted by Renee Montoya in ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' as [[LegacyCharacter the new Question]].
* Possibly the forerunner of The Question, the Blank from ComicStrip/DickTracy also wore a trench coat, fedora and faceless mask. The difference was, he was a villain, and ugly as sin underneath.
* Rorschach of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', an {{Expy}} of both Mr. A and The Question, sports the basic outfit, but with a head-covering mask (as opposed to the standard domino) with a shifting black-and-white pattern that initially inspired his moniker.
* In the 1940s, the original "mystery man" costume of the original [[SandmanMysteryTheater Sandman]] (Wesley Dodd) was a suit, [[BadassLongcoat long-coat]], fedora and gloves -- with a gas mask. This uniform was subconsciously [[RetCon inspired]] by the look of([[ComicBook/TheSandman Dream of the Endless]]) who wore a robe and mask into battle and who granted Dodds his prophetic dreams. Dodd's costume later became more colorful to match the other superheroes of the JusticeSocietyofAmerica. No relation to the spandex-wearing Garrett Sanford or Hector Hall, save being derived from Dream of the Endless somehow.
* The Crimson Avenger (shown here as he appeared in ''[[JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'') and Wing, who were [[CaptainErsatz closely modeled on]] Franchise/TheGreenHornet and Kato, started out with the trenchcoat-and-fedora look.
** Again, it was a cape over a suit, rather than a trench-coat, or at least it certainly was at some prominent point. Also, a DominoMask. Classy.
* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. Possibly more like Cloak Hat Mask, but it fits.
* Midnight, a CaptainErsatz of the Spirit, originally published by QualityComics and now part of TheDCU.
** Ed Gorman created a new version of Midnight as a back-up strip in ''MsTree Quarterly''.
* The MarvelUniverse has a couple currently appearing in ''The Twelve'' (a series about revamped [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] characters): the Phantom Reporter and Mr. E. The artist mentions in interviews with Newsarama that he had to tweak both of their designs just a tad so they didn't look so much alike.
* Another [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] hero, Dr. Nemesis, wore a trench-coat, a fedora and a surgeon's mask.
* "There are times when ComicStrip/ThePhantom leaves the jungle, and walks the streets as an ordinary man"... except for the sunglasses, coat, and hat. Only in a couple of stories has he been this way for the entire adventure.
** Even better are the "historical" adventures featuring his ancestors: It's still the same concept, but it's much funnier when he's dressed in 18th century knee-hoses and wig.
** Finnish newspaper comic ''Fingerpori'' poked a fun at this, showing him with heavy tan-lines in parts where the mask covers his face. Holding a secret identity in a tropic environment is a tough job.
* [[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Abe Sapien]] is first seen going to a mansion in a trench-coat, hat, and disguise beard.
* The Ur-example of this trope (in comics) is the Clock, the first original costumed hero to appear in comics. He wore a blue suit and a black "curtain mask" that covered his entire face.
* The King, a [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] character from TheDCU, was a MasterOfDisguise. But, when he wasn't disguised as someone else, his 'costume' consisted of white tie and tails, an opera cape, a top hat and a domino mask.
* {{Deadpool}}, in the CableAndDeadpool arc A Murder in Providence, dons a trench-coat and fedora over his usual spandex, whilst "investigating".
* DC villain ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} wore a tuxedo, top hat and domino mask while posing as a hero in his first appearance.
* Benjamin J. Grimm, The Thing from Marvel's Fantastic Four, usually gads about NYC wearing a fedora and longcoat while wrapping a scarf about his chin. A pair of sunglasses completes the ensemble. While not altogether concealing, the outfit tends to attract less attention than him walking about in his shorts.
* Masquerade from ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers''.
* In the French comic ''Tif et Tondu'', their resident villain Monsieur Choc wears evening dress and a full-face medieval helm; in occasional panels he's shown taking off or putting on the helm, but his face never appears. In one story they fight a character who wears a hazmat suit with dark faceplate throughout: in the last frame, after he's escaped and they learn he wasn't who they thought, someone finds a tailcoat and helm left at the scene.
** This sounds like the hero of Monster Men. He always wore A tuxedo and knight's helmet when fighting monsters.
* Greyshirt, a CaptainErsatz of ComicBook/TheSpirit, created as part of Creator/AlanMoore's America's Best Comics line. In his case, though, it's a bandit mask and a billycock hat.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderManNoir''
* Golden Age Fawcett Comics hero Ibis the Invincible didn't wear a mask but otherwise fit the trope with a black suit and a red turban.
* Gary Gianni's ''Corpus Monstrum'' (originally called Monstermen, was originally published as a side-feature to Mike Mignola's ''{{Hellboy}}'') featured Lawrence St. George, who wore a tuxedo and a medieval knight's helmet.
* Dan Garret, the GoldenAge BlueBeetle. Or at least at first. He eventually gained superpowers and [[SuperheroesWearTights tights]] after a massive GenreShift.
* Lady Luck, a GoldenAge DistaffCounterpart to ComicBook/TheSpirit, wore a feminized equivalent of dress-hat-veil.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The WoldNewtonUniverse fanfic ''[[http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Judex_Codex.pdf The Judex Codex]]'' implies that many Mystery Men are descended from [[Literature/LordOfTheRings Aragorn, son of Arathorn]], and the outfit is based on a racial memory of Strider's broad-brimmed hat and cloak.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Francoeur goes for this look in ''AMonsterInParis'' with his stage costume. At the point he dons it for the first time, the populace of Paris is under the impression he's a dangerous monster, so the whole concealing piece really helps.
* The Toy Taker in ''RudolphAndTheIslandOfMisfitToys'' disguises himself this way.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Darkman}}'' employs the mask, hat, and coat, due to hideous burns, and also because it looks bad-ass.
** The false faces he wears (sometimes with a hat and coat) also count.
* [[ImplacableMan Kroenen]] in the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movie has a variation of this in his first appearance; he later loses the [[BadassLongCoat coat]] and [[NiceHat hat]].
** From the ''[[AbeKroenen Abe&Kroenen]]'' comments: "All of [Kroenen's] intimidating bulk comes from his coat!"
* ''Judex'', of the silent-era Feuillade serial films and Franju's 1963 homage, relies on a mask, hat, and cape.
* The title character of ''Film/VanHelsing'' dresses like this for his introduction shot, although he quickly loses the scarf/mask.
* Doc in ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part II]]'' tells Marty to wear something "inconspicuous". Cue GilliganCut to him in this type of get-up.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Radio/TheShadow'' dresses in a black and red suit, cape and fedora. The only unusual garment is a silk mask over his lower face -- which, oddly, doesn't hide his extremely recognizable hawk nose. ("The Shadow Nose")
** "Clouding mens' minds" probably prevents recognition. Some versions of The Shadow could also alter their facial features to a degree. Early stories strongly indicated that the Shadow's true face had a serious disfigurement, which his mastery of disguise hid - notice the denouement of the novel ''The Shadow's Shadow'', where someone sees the Shadow's true face and feels alarmed - obviously he did not just see Kent Allard sticking his tongue out. (Kent Allard, the true identity of the Shadow, an aviator who faked his death before the start of the series.) The novel ''Dead Men Live'' indicates that he has little facial mass left.
** TheMovie indicates any facial weirdness is the result of The Shadow's powers of hypnosis and SFX makeup.
* OlderThanTelevision: Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' (1897) uses this trope early in the book, and his portrayal on film and in numerous cover illustrations may have helped [[TropeCodifier codify]] the image.
* The most enduring perception of the eponymous character in ''Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' is that he is dressed in a hat, a coat and a mask that covers half of his face. First film to feature this combination was [[Film/PhantomOfTheOpera1943 the 1943 Universal production]].
* The pulp hero ''The Black Bat'' wears a mask and, while not spandex, flexible yet all-covering black clothes to allow him to sneak around and fight. However, if he has to show himself and not just spy, he adds a coat and a wide-brimmed hat on top of his ninja-esque outfit.
* French pulp villain ''Literature/{{Fantomas}}'' wore this kind of outfit from time to time, the most iconic being a tuxedo, hop-hat, and domino mask.
* The Gray Seal, Jimmy Dale
* Literature/TheSpider, Richard Wentworth
* The Phantom, Curtis Van Loan
* In George Mann's ''Ghosts of Manhattan'' and ''Ghosts of War'', the eponymous Ghost wears a black coat and fedora, along with goggles that glow red.
* Franchise/{{Zorro}}
* Overcast in ''Literature/{{Relativity}}''. He basically kept his stereotypical private-eye garb and added a mask.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' and Kato, in the 1960s TV series, dressed in normal clothes (The Hornet's "costume" is pretty much a dark green overcoat, matching FedoraOfAsskicking, and suit/trousers; in Kato's case, a chauffeur's uniform) and masks.
* The Phantom Flan Flinger from ''Series/{{Tiswas}}'' wears a cloak, a hat and a mask.
* Creator/WaltDisney made a TV miniseries based on ''[[DoctorSyn The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh]]''. Dr. Syn, the Scarecrow, wore a hat, mask, and a cloak (the equivalent of a trench-coat for the 19th century). The book version of this character actually wore makeup.
* The Game Show version of ''{{The Perils of Penelope Pitstop}}'' has the usual stuff for H.C. for the original run.
** When the show got revived in 2007 with a wild success, H.C.'s outfit was updated to look more modern with a hood in place of a hat, making H.C. look more like a man in the Middle Ages about to execute someone.
* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''Series/TheFlash'' had Dr. Desmond Powell dress like this to fight crime as the Nightshade.
* ''TheJonHederShow'' had Jon & Bill uses these when they go undercover.
* ''{{MANTIS}}'', but only in the TV Movie.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The Jester on the "Jolly Joker" table of ''VideoGame/SuperPinballBehindTheMask'' wears this ensemble, making him look somewhat like [[Film/VForVendetta V]] as a result.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* Trilby in the VideoGame/ChzoMythos dresses like this in the first screen of the first game, but discards the mask afterward and is never again seen in it in any of the four games. He does, however, wear the mask in ''The Art of Theft''.
* The hero of ''{{Exit}}'' wears a black suit, a red cape, and a red scarf.
* Q from ''StreetFighter 3rd Strike''. Coat, hat, and metal face-mask.
* Franchise/SlyCooper, with caveats: He wears a DominoMask over his natural raccoon mask, his hat is a flat-cap that completes his BlatantBurglar look, his coat is short enough for acrobatics, and he has [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal no pants]].
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' has Will, a member of the Elite Four. He wears a black mask which actually covers one eye with blank white material, white gloves, and a purple vest-suit-tuxedo thing. Though whether or not he is covering his eye or if his eye actually is blank is subject to debate.
* [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 The Spy]] has the suit and the mask, and a variety of [[NiceHat nice hats]] and suit jackets are available as DLC.
* ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'': Say what you will about the Masked Gentleman, but you have to admit that he is one ''hell'' of a snappy dresser.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' wears a variant updated to modern fashion sensibilities, with a baseball cap instead of a fedora and a scarf pulled up over the lower half of his face by way of a mask, and jeans and a sweatshirt under his BadassLongcoat rather than a fancy suit. It looks a lot more [[http://www.gamepur.com/files/imagepicker/6/thumbs/watch-dogs-artwork-.jpg badass]] and less {{Hipster}}esque than it sounds.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Dr. [=McNinja=]'s outfit, but his BadassLongcoat is a labcoat, and the ninja mask is both hat and face covering.
* Decoy Octopus' inner self in ''TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' is literally an empty trench-coat and fedora -- a lifetime of shape-changing and disguises has left him at a point where he is most comfortable with 'not really looking like anything'. Also, he's a Bogart fan.
* The [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=76141 Mysterious Watchful Presence]] from ''EverydayHeroes''. More of a cloak than a coat, but still.
* Coat Helmet Mask for ''ElfBlood's'' Captain SKO when on-duty. Other characters occasionally wear the helmet and mask, but she is the only one to combine it with the BadassLongcoat.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* The Red Panda of ''RedPandaAdventures'' is a homage to characters like the Shadow and the Spirit, and thus, shares their style.
* Josiah Brimstone, Mister Magic, Foreshadow and the Mask of Justice of the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Mask of Justice, particularly, is an homage of the Question and the Spirit.
* [[SailorNothing The Magnificent Kamen]] is described as this at one point. Usually, he's without the mask, but it was mentioned in one chapter.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': The Gray Ghost's outfit was in this vein. The Gray Ghost is [[AffectionateParody modeled after]] about half the guys listed up there under "Comic Books."
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''. Noticeable when asked about whether he should be prowling the city wearing a hat and mask, he asks 'What, no cape?'.
* The Hooded Claw from ''ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': The Mysterious Mare Do-Well from the episode of the same name.
* Solomon in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': [[spoiler:Velma]] wears this disguise while contacting the mayor in "The Night The Clown Cried".
* The TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles' preferred method of disguise, especially in the animated series. Note that the mask does nothing to ''disguise'' their identity; in fact, it [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience is one way to tell them apart]].
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